Even before the Los Angeles Kings won the Stanley Cup for the second time in three seasons in 2013-14, oddsmakers had already begun looking forward to this season. Sportsbook.com became the first sportsbook to post NHL Stanley Cup Futures for the 2014-15 season and a number of prominent sportsbooks followed suit shortly thereafter.
Throughout the off-season, these futures fluctuated tremendously due to player movement via trades and free agency. Forward Jarome Iginla moved to the Colorado Avalanche, goalie Ryan Miller signed with Vancouver, forward Marian Gaborik re-signed with the Kings, defenseman Matt Niskanen went to the Capitals, forward Thomas Vanek went home to the Minnesota Wild, and C Paul Stastny moved to the St. Louis Blues among others.
The table below examines the future odds at three offshore sportsbooks (5Dimes, Bovada and Sportsbook.com) at different points throughout the year.
Updated 3/3/15 at 2:45 pm ET
|Team||5Dimes (3/3)||5Dimes (11/21)||5Dimes (7/19)||Sportsbook (7/6)||Sportsbook (6/21)||Bovada (6/21)|
|New York Islanders||+835||+2000||+9000||+5500||+6500||+6600|
|St. Louis Blues||+1000||+1250||+1200||+1200||+1200||+1200|
|Detroit Red Wings||+1100||+3000||+2350||+1800||+1800||+2200|
|Tampa Bay Lightning||+1100||+1200||+1800||+1600||+2300||+2500|
|Los Angeles Kings||+1100||+950||+900||+900||+1000||+900|
|New York Rangers||+1400||+2300||+1600||+1500||+1800||+1600|
|San Jose Sharks||+3300||+1450||+1500||+1400||+1400||+1400|
|New Jersey Devils||+50000||+6600||+6500||+6500||+6500||+4000|
|Columbus Blue Jackets||+100000||+8000||+4250||+3500||+3300||+4000|
|Toronto Maple Leafs||N/A||+7000||+5000||+4500||+5500||+3300|
Prior to the start of the season, the biggest odds movers were the Tampa Bay Lightning (+2500 to +1800 at Bovada), Vancouver Canucks (+5500 to +3500) and the Nashville Predators (+10000 to +6500). Interestingly, all three of these teams have continued to build on that early momentum with impressive starts to the 2014-15 season.
Although those represent three of the most significant price changes among NHL Futures, the biggest movement involves a perennial punching-bag: The New York Islanders. An impressive performance all year has moved the Islanders from +9000 before the season to a price of +835 now.
Disappointing and underperforming teams include the Columbus Blue Jackets (+4250 to +100000), Dallas Stars (+2800 to +21000) and the Colorado Avalanche (+1800 to +22000).
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